Assistant/Associate Professor (Beef Cattle Nutrition) - Rapides Parish - R00065180

Rank and Nature of Position: Assistant Professor; 12-month tenure track appointment. The position is 65% research and 35% extension. The individual will be a faculty member of the LSU AgCenter Central Region and will report to the Central Region Director. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing an independent research program in the area of beef cattle nutrition. Extension programs will align with and compliment research initiatives.

Work Location: This position will be domiciled at the Dean Lee Research and Extension Center, Alexandria, LA. The Dean Lee station is centrally located in the state and serves as the hub for many beef cattle programs. Approximately 600 acres of land are dedicated to beef cattle research programs at this site. The position will have responsibilities for programmatic coordination of beef cattle research programs at the Dean Lee Research Station. The successful candidate will also be responsible for small scale field trials and oversight of a small demonstration herd at the Iberia Research Station. Collaborative research activities may be conducted at other AgCenter units supporting beef cattle research, including the Hill Farm Research Station.

Job Description: This is a 12-month tenure track position that will have responsibilities for developing a comprehensive research program in the area of beef cattle nutrition with an emphasis on forages and grazing. Formal participation in multi-disciplinary, regional, or national research initiatives will be expected. Results of research should be published in peer-reviewed journals and other scientific/technical publications. Extramural funding to support the research and extension program must be secured from federal and state agencies, commodity (state and national) research boards, and agro-industries. The candidate will hold a formal appointment in the School of Animal Sciences (I 5% research appointment) and will be expected to participate in graduate student education. Participation in regional, departmental and campus committees is expected as a faculty member in a land grant university. Continued education development through association with professional societies and attendance at national and international conferences will be required. The incumbent is expected to perform other tasks that may be assigned by supervisor(s) and work cooperatively with other LSU AgCenter faculty.

The successful candidate will develop extension programs that support and align with overall Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service (LCES) beef cattle extension programs. This position will work with and through the beef cattle specialist and animal science focused extension agents to contribute to programming supporting the Louisiana beef cattle industry. The position will support stakeholder visits, demonstrations, workshops, and educational meetings as appropriate. The position will contribute to and disseminate LSU AgCenter recommendations through written, oral, video, website, and social media communications.

Qualification Requirements: Ph.D. in Animal Science or closely related field is required. Experience in ruminant nutrition with an emphasis on forages and grazing is highly desirable. Good interpersonal skills and leadership abilities are required for working effectively with diverse professional and lay audiences and cooperators. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) with diverse audiences including scientific peers, clientele, and agribusiness representatives. Development of scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles and educational curricula/programs for appropriate publications/journals and other outlets, including LSU AgCenter numbered publications, is expected for professional development.

Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Current benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment. The candidate selected for this position may qualify for an Endowed Professorship depending on experience, academic rank, and accomplishments.

Date Available: Upon completion of the selection process.

Application Deadline: April 2, 2022, or until a suitable candidate is identified.

Application Procedure: Apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter along with current resume including a statement of professional interest and goals, university transcripts, and two letters of reference. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the reference letters online, they may be sent directly to:

Dr. Tara P. Smith
Regional Director Central Region
LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center
8105 Tom Bowman Drive
Alexandria, LA 71302
Web site:

The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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